This is one that got overlooked last year for some reason or another. I figure it’s never too late to write about good music even if I missed it when it dropped. This one ended up coming by way of a local friend who got a copy somehow and after reading about the band and listening to the music thought I would like it. Well they were right. Formed by former Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 as Buck Bourbon and longtime friend and bass player Rayen Belchere as Jessie Crow one can’t help but start out with thoughts of Rob Zombie’s solo stuff but those thoughts are quickly corrected with smooth rhythm and southern guitars that bring back thoughts of arena rock. Overall this offering is pretty basic southern rock all around. It’s not a wall of sound like DBT and it’s not likely you’ll even here it played after Skynyrd on the radio. It is a jukebox album for sure with tracks good for drinking, crying in your beer and even getting cryin’ about your daddy drunk (thanks to Lewis Grizzard for that one).

While there’s not much news about the band right now it looks like Wednesday 13 is doing a glam rock project at the moment but I, for one, hope that he’s not done with Bourbon Crow. From Muderdolls to Bourbon Crow to Gunfire 76, Wednesday 13 has the chops to play whatever he wants but I prefer the Bourbon Crow sound to the other projects he’s worked on. Long Way to the Bottom is Essential Listening as far as I am concerned. It may not be a top ten album but it’s worth dropping into playlist and leaving it there. If you don’t get into the first time around you can trust me that it will grow on you and you won’t be sorry you picked up.

Bourbon Crow – Those Southern Times
Bourbon Crow – Take A Bullet For You
Bourbon Crow – Ol’ Whiskey Mountain

Bourbon Crow on Myspace
Bourbon Crow on Wikipedia
Bourbon Crow – Long Way To The Bottom on Amazon